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This is one of the best movies ever.  It's by the guy who did Delicatessan & City of Lost Children, but neither of those really have anything in common with this.  This is a story about love & hope & simple happiness & a lot of things.  & then the cinematography is amazing to boot.  What happens isn't nearly as important as the hope it brings that romance & simple pleasure don't die quite as young as I often think.  Here's my friend Marlene's review of it:
Amélie, the French film directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), is a delightful romp through the quagmire of longing and loneliness.  Amélie, the lovely impish title character, is played with splendid humor and perfection by Audrey Tauton.  Tauton could very well be the next Juliette Binoche of the French and American screen.
After Amélie’s mother is killed in a freak accident when Amélie is a small child, Amélie tries desperately to connect with her father who is largely distant and uncommunicative. Amélie matures into a lonely recluse with romantic sensibilities.  Central to the film is Amélie’s disparate detachment from the world as she hides away in her apartment daydreaming about how her departure from the world will affect human kind.  She has an epiphany, suddenly realizing her purpose in life.  Amélie fashions herself a fairy godmother to the lonely outcasts of the world and pledges to devote herself  to bringing them relief from their loneliness.
Amélie leads us through a tangled web of sub plots that show us what lengths we’ll go to in order to hide from our own desires when our hearts are sad and lonely.  As champion to the outcasts, Amélie secretly engineers good deeds that help an eccentric cast of characters heal their broken hearts, giving them chances at happiness, while further estranging herself from her own desire for happiness and companionship.  Amélie becomes a clever master at meddling in other people’s lives, playing goddess with great hilarity.
Not even Amélie’s family is exempt from falling prey to her schemes. Much to her dismay, Amélie’s father has set up an outdoor shrine to his dead wife, complete with a ceramic lawn ornament.  Both disparaged by her father’s grief stricken, sullen obsession with the shrine and saddened by his unspoken life long desire to travel, Amélie kidnaps the lawn ornament and sends it to foreign lands where its travels are documented in photos and mailed back to her befuddled father.  Throughout the film, Amélie is constantly busy plotting good deeds to bring joy to strangers and friends alike. At her waitressing job, she plays cupid to a repressed hypochondriacal co-worker and a heart broken patron. Prepare for dark surprises as Amélie isn’t always entirely benign and syrupy sweet.  There are several scenes where she plays judge and jury to a local shop keeper, punishing him for his mistreatment of a developmentally disabled employee.
At the film’s conclusion, the viewer is delighted and amused by the outcomes of Amélie’s plots. The colorful bursts of light employed in the stylish cinematography are nothing short of spectacular. The screenplay is creative and clever. Perhaps the only flaw is the annoyingly exhausting cat and mouse game Amélie plays with her potential suitor, even though her meddling in his life is seen as symbolic of Amélie’s fear of letting go and allowing happiness to find her.  The joy that she brings to others is a satisfying distraction.
Amélie is filled with wacky offbeat characters, witty dialogue, and dreamy urban scenery.  Hope, redemption, and triumph over loneliness are celebrated themes as the reclusive characters are connected to one another through Amélie’s cunning imagination for intrigue. This film is a charming, adventurous escape.

Ed's Next Move
Another movie about a scientist falling in love with a folk singer.  Maybe too accurate to life with its images of relative morality & infidelity.  Because it doesn't ever seem as obviously wrong when you're the bad guy, right?

Ghost World
This is a pretty great movie.  The only weak point to me is that i don't like the voice of the girl that plays the best friend.  It's kind of about my fear of becoming a lonely music geek with no hope left in my life.  In a way it's about the same thing as Amelie, but with a sadder conclusion.

The Ice Storm
I'm kinda surprised I never saw this movie before since it stars Christina Ricci.  It's kinda really good, but then the whole plotline about wife swapping I find really disturbing.  When Christina Ricci is trying to seduce this other high schooler who still plays with GI Joe dolls, I thought I was gonna die because it was so funny-creepy-real.

Mullholland Drive
I don't think I really like David Lynch movies.  I don't know what the hell is going on in this movie & I don't think it's worth my time to find out.

A movie about the truely psychotic nature of college string playing girls.  There's really nothing too good about this movie, but i watched it anyway because the girl is kinda cute in this really weird highly stylized way.